Ekamatra is an established and exciting Singapore arts company that spotlights contemporary and experimental theatre with strong socio – political themes.
Helmed by award-winning director and performer Mohd Fared Jainal, we are living out our vision of being at the heart of theatre, by staging daring multilingual works that address social issues such as encounters across race and religion.
Ekamatra has been commissioned by notable international arts festivals and has also won numerous accolades, especially at Singapore’s highest platform for excellence in theatre, the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, where our trophies have included Best Original Script several times.
Guided by our values of diversity, inclusivity, integrity, accountability, and people-centredness, Ekamatra is committed to our mission of creating engaging theatre that inspires, as well as incubating emerging talents, and expanding diversity within the industry.
We have a dedicated team of associate artists comprising of video designer, E Lee Loong; playwright / director, Irfan Kasban; actress / host Munah Bagharib; and Bharathanatyam dancer, Ruby Jayaseelan.
Mohd Fared Jainal graduated with a Master In Arts (Design) from Open University/LASALLE College of the Arts and is a recipient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award. He has collaborated extensively with various theatre and art groups as a director, performer, visual artist and set designer. The Gingerbread Man (Singapore Repertory Theatre), a collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts, earned him Best Set Design for 2007 Life! Theatre Awards. His work The Comedy of the Tragic Goats by Cake Theatre won him Best Director for 2009 Life! Theatre Awards, and Cuckoo Birds, collaboration between Cake Theatre and Five Arts Centre, Malaysia, won him Best Set Design for 8th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2009. In 2010, he was one of the four artists selected for residency with the prestigious La Mama International in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy.
Eric Lee makes videos in Singapore. He likes other things too. Like writing, drawing and making books. His most recent works include a 20 minute monologue titled "By the Book" and visuals for the improvisational music festival, "Closer to the Edge".
Irfan is a freelance theatre-maker who writes, directs, designs and at times perform. The former Associate Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra was responsible for mentoring MEREKA, its youth incubation programme; works such as Hantaran Buat Mangsa Lupa (M1 Fringe Festival 2012) and 94:05 KakiSeni Festival 2013); main season shows This Placement (2012), TAHAN (2013), A Beautiful Chance Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on an Operating Table (2014), The Wasteland (2014), GRC (2015), ANA (2015), and most recently, Trees, A Crowd (Twenty-something Festival 2016). He often designs lights to cut cost, but he loves it all the same.
From the way she bounces into a room with the bright smile and bubbly “hello”, you can’t tell that Maimunah Bagharib is serious about what she does. But behind the carefree personality is a prolific actress who has delivered vastly varied yet consistently inspiring performances – whether she’s exploring the unjust treatment of women in power as Ana in Teater Ekamatra’s Projek Suitcase, or a Singing & Dancing Chiobuu in the Broadway Beng 10th Anniversary show.
Ruby Jayaseelan did not know what to do so she decided to dance it away. She spent 8 years acquiring formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, in Singapore and India. Over the years, she also exposed herself intensively to Physical Theatre, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, somatic and experimental movement in order to travel the world in the name of art. Or maybe, it's the other way around.
Mr Tan Shou Chen is a theatre practitioner with extensive experience in marketing / communications consulting. He has lectured at SIM University on marketing and social media. Mr Tan assists in Teater Ekamatra’s company expansion through its marketing and communications projects.
Mr Izmir Ickbal is a scene designer and a research analyst with the Bank of America Merill Lynch. Previously the president of the Teater Ekamatra Working Committee, he continues to advise the company on sound management and financial matters.
Mdm Zizi Azah binte Abdul Majid is a veteran theatre practitioner best known for her playwriting and directing, she has taught at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts. She served as Teater Ekamatra’s artistic director from 2009 to 2014. Her contributions to theatre were recognised in 2012 by the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award, Singapore’s highest honour for artists under the age of 35.